one fine day

I love it when friends come to visit because it means we have an excuse to get out of our neighborhood and splurge on some of the best stuff in San Francisco. Our friends Alex and Erin came over from Perth on Friday morning, bringing beautiful, warm, sunny weather with them, so we headed straight across the bay to have lunch at Fish., the perpetually busy lunch hotspot in Sausalito. One meal of fish and chips, fried oysters, ceviche, and tuna salad sandwiches later, and we were on our way back to San Francisco, stopping off at Cavallo Point. Cavallo Point is a place I’ve heard a lot about lately, and it does not disappoint. The red-roofed buildings of Fort Baker are now part of a luxury resort that includes the Cavallo Point Lodge, the Michelin-starred restaurant Murray Circle and Farley Bar, all at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County. It felt like summertime as we sat in rocking chairs on the front porch, sipped our pints of Sierra Nevada and enjoyed the view of the bridge and the bay.

Disc golf in Golden Gate Park followed by coffee and cupcakes in Hayes Valley (at La Boulange and Miette, respectively) rounded out our leisurely day of San Fran fun. As an added bonus, while wandering down Hayes Street, we walked by the filming of a new Steven Soderbergh movie called Contagion, starring Jude Law, Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet and Marion Cotillard. We had no celeb sightings in Hayes Valley, sadly, but the downtown next morning I accidentally walked onto the movie set (it was a fake drug store—I thought it was real) and saw Jude Law getting his makeup done in his trailer. Saw him right through his open window.

Cavallo Point, photos courtesy cavallopoint.com (top and bottom left); the disc golf course in Golden Gate Park (bottom right).

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